Approaches: Gestalt + Feminism + Mindfulness + Jungian
Gestalt invites us into a genuine encounter in the here and now. As a humanistic approach, it invites profound contact between practitioner and client. Contact creates safety. Safety is the springboard to expanding expression, discovering boundaries and risking love again.
Grounded in existentialism, Gestalt psychotherapy offers clients freedom to choose their own lives. Infused with the immediacy of Zen, Gestalt offers tools for waking up from the tyranny of the past.
A somatic orientation in Gestalt provides focus and contact with an internal sensibility. Working with the self as a dynamic play of parts heals trauma and shifts priorities for a more satisfying life.
The modern mindfulness movement emphasizes powerful awareness tools yet often leaves out the equally important value this ancient tradition places on compassion in training the mind.
Practicing presence implies a loving attitude toward self and other. When we are fully present our heart is open to wherever our attention is focused. Creating a life or therapy practice grounded in a mindfulness approach nurtures a balanced life and the well-being of those we serve.
Research has demonstrated that mindfulness practices pairing attention with body calming relaxation exercises are effective in treating anxiety, depression and addictions.
Feminism is an attitude of social equality liberating women and men from stiltifying roles and unequal relationships. Through awareness of oppression, and its' harm, we begin the process of liberation.
We call it feminism because the oppressed must first be named. For not only have women been devalued, the feminine, as an expression of relationship and nurturance, has been denigrated and must be recovered.
Offering an understanding in therapy of the larger cultural forces behind our individual suffering creates a sense that "I am not alone" and contributes to knowing that "my healing is healing the whole."
Drawing on the well of human history the Jungian process of active imagination in psychotherapy invites us into a conversation with the creative and healing imagery of dreams, memories and symbols.
In this process are invited to discover sychronicity, a process reflecting subtle patterns of interconnection between our ourselves and all of life. Along the journey, archetypal patterns point to constellations of energy resonating with the deeper currents of our ancestral history.
Encountering these larger patterns in therapy can guide our personal journey. We can learn to
strengthen our resolve, trust intuition and align with our deepest knowing.
About Gestalt & Meditation
."...gestalt therapy is meditation in an interpersonal context."
"...Gestalt and meditation are wonderfully complementary to each other--meditation emphasizing attention, Gestalt expression. Yet the two rest on the same pillars--as the good life itself: awareness and spontaneity."
~ Claudio Naranjo
About Feminism & Jung
"Fortunately, and invaluably, Jung’s writing is dialogical in seeking to entice the goddess back in from the darkness of her exclusion."
"Jung also shows that the work of feminism is the work of healing modernity: feminine and masculine signifying must be re-balanced for individual and collective psychic health."
~ Susan Rowland
The Female Buddha book
"The Female Buddha is beautiful and inspiring. The photos and quotations both remind us of our own inner capacity for love and freedom"
~ Sharon Salzberg
"Deborah Bowman offers us a very practical, insightful and inspirational guide to cultivate wisdom and develop compassion."
~ Angeles Arrien